On World Mental Health Day, we are shining a light on the emotional impact of cancer. Our Cancer costs research shows that 83% of young people feel lonely during their cancer treatment. However, they told us that talking to others with similar experiences helped.
As well as our team of care professionals, CLIC Sargent offers a number of tools to help young people cope with the emotional cost of cancer, including our online community for young people age 16-24 who have, or have had cancer and our specialist online information and support resources.
Ask the expert 10 – 16 October
To coincide with World Mental Health Day, the CLIC Sargent Online Community for Young People is hosting an Ask the Expert 'drop in' session with agony uncle Matt Whyman all week. Questions about mental health and wellbeing can be posted at any time from now until 16 October and Matt will reply within two days. Community members are asked to add the hashtag #moodexpert to questions. Questions can be anonymously if preferred.
Information and support
If you’re a young person with cancer, parent or care professional our dedicated online info and support includes lots of emotional, practical and financial information to help you cope. And our CLIC Sargent health and social care professionals aim to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer – during treatment and after.
I have memories of being ill which are awful, but most memories I have are [about] all the support I got.
Our mission is to change what it means to be diagnosed with cancer when you’re young. We believe that children and young people with cancer have the right to the best possible treatment, care, and support, throughout their cancer journey and beyond.
CLIC Sargent undertook research with young people and parents about the financial and emotional costs of cancer treatment in summer 2016. Cancer Costs explores the financial impact of treatment on families, with further work planned for 2017 on the emotional cost.